Whether you’re exploring your theatrical talents, just got a job offer, or are just getting a new start, Los Angeles is probably one of the more challenging places to get settled into as a new resident. As one of the biggest cities in the world, even urbanites can get overwhelmed. If you’re not sure where to start, consider these few tips to get one step closer to the City of Angels.
Don’t be Scared of Apartment Renter Competition
About 12 million people call Los Angeles home, with closer to 18 million residents in the Greater Los Angeles area. With this in mind, finding the perfect apartment or job is not as easy as in other cities. Don’t let this scare you – if you get denied an apartment application, that’s okay. If you have three interviews in a week with no calls back, that’s okay too. Persistence is key – try, try again, and eventually you’ll find your niche in The Big Orange. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a while since you and your partner have been together, and things are going well. Your apartment leases are nearing an end, and you aren’t renewing your current roommate either. You spend a significant amount of time together anyway…why not just move in?
Remember, this is a bold move, but can be the perfect test to see where your relationship is going. It might even allow you to save on rent if you shop for 1 bedroom apartments. But is 1 bedroom or 2 ideal? Consider these factors when shopping for apartments with your significant other. Read the rest of this entry »
Add the stress of traveling 2,000+ miles across the country to the process of packing up all your worldly possessions, and you know stressful moving apartments can be. However, knowing a few helpful tricks to cross-country moving can alleviate a lot of the worry and anxiety that comes with it. Whether you’re moving for job relocation or a fresh start, following these tips can ease the transition process.
Throw Out or Donate Stuff
Haven’t worn that shirt in a year? Donate it. Don’t like that poster from your college dorm anymore? Give it to a friend. Use this move to your advantage and clear out items that aren’t essential or sentimental. The more things you can let go of, the less you have to pack and unpack later. Cleaning off everything before packing it will also cut down your unpacking time it when you get there. Embrace the new chapter of your life and get rid of some of that old stuff! Read the rest of this entry »
These days, lots of people are downsizing and moving into apartment communities to save space and money on homeowner expenses. This trend also means people are moving some of their belongings into self-storage. However, finding the right self-storage space can be a challenging task, especially if you’re not sure what to look for. Storage units are available in a wide range of sizes and a variety of features, which can make the decision process seem endless. By evaluating your exact storage needs, you can determine what the best option and value is best for you. Here are a few tips to consider when selecting a storage unit: Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who has moved apartments knows what a painful process it can be. Packing up all of your life into little boxes can seem pretty impossible at the beginning. However, packing doesn’t have to be so horrible! We’ve got a few essential packing tips that will alleviate some of the stress of moving your whole life to a different place. Read the rest of this entry »
Unbeknownst to many Americans, Cincinnati was actually one of the first major cities established after the American Revolution. Cincinnati became a boomtown in the 1800s, often fondly referred to as the “Paris of America” for its elaborate architecture projects. These projects and the city’s lengthy history contribute to the extensive number of historical sites found in Cincinnati. Here are a few of our favorite historical attractions to visit next time you’re in Cincinnati.
Over-the-Rhine is a historic neighborhood in urban Cincinnati believed to be the largest intact historical district in the country. Founded by German immigrants, Over-the-Rhine has several distinct districts within the neighborhood. Comparable in architectural significance to the New Orleans French Quarter or Greenwich Village in New York City, Over-the-Rhine features a unique mix of styles popular in the late 1800s, including Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Italianate. Read the rest of this entry »
If you just moved to Chicago, then you probably have seen or heard of the quintessential tourist places to visit (like Wrigley Field or Millennium Park). Once you’re settled into your new Chicago apartment, it’s time to venture out and find your own beloved local treasures. You probably won’t find any tourists here, but these 5 spots will be your favorite local hangouts.
Obviously, no Chicago list is complete without a deep-dish pizza restaurant and there are plenty to choose from. My Pie, our go-to, local pizza establishment, ranks on a lot of Chicagoans favorite pizza places. And what’s not to love? The homemade sauces and fresh ingredients are lip-smacking good. Don’t worry if you don’t like deep-dish pizza, My Pie has delicious thin crust options too! Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re new to Boston, you’ve probably already heard about all the tourist-y spots the city has to offer (think Fenway Park and Cheers). But when you live here, you’re probably looking for something a bit more personal to explore and call your own. Here are some places around Boston that you won’t see on the likes of TripAdvisor. Tourists may not visit them, but as a local, you’ll truly treasure these 5 Boston spots.
Find Tranquility Downtown
One of the most common complaints about the Kendall Square area is that it’s crowded and bustling. Sure, you can find all kinds of awesome food and killer boutiques, but can you find a place to take a breather? Turns out you can! The roof of the Cambridge Center parking garage is actually a beautiful garden with winding walkways, a picnic area, and beautiful plant life. Just look for the entrance with the simple sign ‘Roof Garden,’ and make your way to the top. Read the rest of this entry »
When you come visit Atlanta, there is a lot of fun to be had touring classic attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and Six Flags Over Georgia. But when you’re coming here to live, you’re going to want to get deeper into the local culture. Tourist attractions are fun, but they won’t always give you the real Atlanta experience. When you’re ready to venture out of your new Atlanta apartment for a day of experiencing ATL on the street level, check out some of these amazing local spots.
The Buford Highway Flea Market has more than 260 booths full of local vendors selling hand-made, recently-found, or simply zany goods. Just a half-dozen miles out of downtown on highway 13, this international market is rarely over-crowded if you can make it on a weekday afternoon, and the prices range from reasonable to amazing.
Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles might sound like it is owned by some elderly couple whose soul food recipes are insanely excellent — and you’re half right. Gladys Knight (yes, that Gladys Knight) came up with some choice entrees to craft a menu around, and her son Shanga keeps her ideas alive today at this incredible Atlanta treasure. If you think of ‘soul food’ primarily as ‘that Vanessa Williams movie,’ educate yourself at this eatery. Stop by Gladys and Ron’s, and you’ll never think of chicken or waffles the same way again. Read the rest of this entry »
To those who have spent their lives driving compact cars and sedans, driving a moving truck looks about as easy as flying the Space Shuttle. If you’ve got enough stuff to move, however, finding a moving truck and hitting the road will definitely be on your apartment moving checklist. But don’t worry! Check out our beginner’s guide to driving a moving truck and you’ll get from Apartment A to Apartment B with far less stress.
Choose the Right Truck Size
If you’ve never driven a moving truck-sized vehicle before, you’ll want to keep your truck square-footage to a minimum. (Plus the smaller the truck, the lower the rental price.) If you’re moving locally and can make multiple moving trips, do so. You’ll save some cash and save yourself the stress of driving an enormous truck rather than a more manageable one. To figure out what kind of truck you need, start by making a home moving inventory and calculating how much space you’ll need for your belongings.
Know Your Route
Staring at a map and driving 14-foot moving truck are two things that should never mix. Familiarize yourself with your route before you leave so you can keep your eyes on the road. If you are directionally-challenged, invest in a GPS, drive with a friend, or use a smartphone app that voices turn-by-turn directions. Even if you’re just driving across town, it will pay to keep your attention on the truck’s handling rather than craning your neck to see street names.
Tips for Driving a Moving Truck
Ready to go? Before you start the engine, review these tips so you have a smoother drive. Read the rest of this entry »